CDL Hospitality Trusts - CGS-CIMB Research 2021-01-29: Road To Recovery But Volatility Remains


CDL Hospitality Trusts - Road To Recovery But Volatility Remains

  • CDL Hospitality Trusts' FY20 DPU (-45% y-o-y) came in above expectations due to capital distribution.
  • Singapore, New Zealand and Australia partially insulated COVID-19 impact.
  • Recovery remains volatile. Trading near 5-year mean. Downgrade to HOLD.

CDLHT's FY20 DPU above expectations due to capital distribution

  • CDL Hospitality Trusts (SGX:J85)’s FY20 DPU of 4.95 cents (-45.1% y-o-y) came in above expectations at 140% of our full-year forecast. The higher-than-expected DPU was due to capital distribution of S$20m.
  • CDL Hospitality Trusts' FY20 revenue and NPI declined by 40% and 51% y-o-y to S$117.6m and S$69.3m, respectively. With the exception of New Zealand and Singapore hotels, most of the hotels were operating at mid-to-low occupancies or temporarily closed in FY20.
  • FY20 RevPAR across all countries declined by 19% points to 86% y-o-y. H-o-h comparison showed mixed RevPAR performance. CDL Hospitality Trusts’s performance was partially insulated by contribution from Singapore, New Zealand and Australia amounting to S$79.9m which was inclusive of S$45.1m in fixed rent.

NZ and Singapore relatively more resilient

  • New Zealand (-19% y-o-y in FY20) and Singapore (-51%, including W Hotel acquired in Jul 2020) hotels’ RevPARs were more resilient than other countries due to isolation business. While Singapore hotel’s occupancy remained relatively high at 78% (vs. 87% in FY19), CDL Hospitality Trusts' average room rate fell 46% y-o-y due to lower rate of isolation business.
  • As compared to Singapore, New Zealand hotel’s RevPAR performed better as it received steady F&B income from isolation business.
  • Countries such as Maldives and Japan saw stronger occupancy towards year-end.
  • UK hotels continued to be affected by lockdowns.
  • Germany and Italy hotels faced impairment (S$4.7m) and rent restructuring, respectively.
  • In Australia, a rent deferment and instalment plan was in placed to collect rent in arrears.

Recovery remains volatile; Singapore and NZ to be support pillars

  • Going forward, recovery is expected to remain volatile. While Singapore and New Zealand (55% of FY20 NPI collectively) are likely to be supported by isolation business for most of FY21F, the resurgence of COVID-19 cases continues to affect the recovery of hotels in Japan, UK and Italy (19% of FY20 NPI collectively).
  • Master lease with Australian hotels (8% of FY20 NPI) will expire in Apr 2021 and it is likely to be converted into variable rent. A restructuring of the rental agreement with the lessee of the German Hotel (8.6% of NPI) is also ongoing.
  • CDL Hospitality Trusts' Portfolio valuation on a same-store-basis fell 5.1% y-o-y.

Raise CDLHT's DPU forecast but downgrade to HOLD

EING Kar Mei CFA CGS-CIMB Research | LOCK Mun Yee CGS-CIMB Research | https://www.cgs-cimb.com 2021-01-29
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